The most common cause of nappy rash is when a baby’s skin is exposed to urine and faeces. Even the friction from the nappy can lead to nappy rash.
What does nappy rash look like?
The nappy area is a perfect place for a rash to develop. It’s moist, dark, and there’s a constant supply of urine and faeces. There are different types of nappy rash: It can be pink or red in colour, some times it can start to bleed and can get infected, if this happens it’s best to consult your doctor who may prescribe some cream.
7 triggers of nappy rash
According to research, there are certain times in a baby’s life; they are more likely to develop a rash.
- When weaning, as a change from liquids to solids can lead to looser stools.
- If they have a cold, the stools are also looser, resulting in nappy rash.
- When they are teething, they may have a runny nose and diarrhoea, which leads to a rash.
- When they are taking antibiotics as it causes diarrhoea, and again results in a nappy rash.
- Believe it or not, their first sleep through the night as they are not waking up to be changed.
- A change in diet leads to watery stools and potential rash.
- Finally, diarrhoea. It causes the delicate skin to break, causing a rash.
Nappy Rash Prevention
So, now you know the common triggers and causes, you are able to prevent them easier. Here are some simple steps:
- change a baby’s dirty nappy as soon as they’ve done their business. This could be up to 12 times a day, but it prevents the urine from sticking to them, causing a rash.
- Give your baby’s bottom some fresh air for as long as you can, let them lie down with a towel underneath them.
- Use fragrance-free baby wipes or plain water when cleaning your baby.
- Avoid soap, baby lotion and talcum powder.
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